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2016 NFL Draft: Best Players Available For the Patriots on Day 3

What players are on the board for the Patriots?

The New England Patriots added four players to the roster on day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft, and it seems like only two players really fit a need.

Cornerback Cyrus Jones, 60th overall, definitely helps out the secondary, while defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, 96th overall, adds an extra huge body in the middle of the defense. But the Patriots worked out Joe Thuney, 78th overall, at center, and then quarterback Jacoby Brissett, 91st overall, just doesn't make sense.

The Patriots haven't added any offensive skill players (my prediction came true!), but the team also hasn't added a pass rusher or a safety. There's plenty to evaluate in the final day of the draft!

New England's needs currently stand at edge defender, safety, running back, wide receiver, and technically offensive tackle.

Edge Defender

There are no meteors on the board as all players regarded as top 100 prospects have been drafted. Oklahoma's Charles Tapper and Wisconsin's Joe Schobert remain on the board as the next tier of prospects available, but there are no proven entities beyond those two. The Patriots will likely move forward with Geneo Grissom and Trey Flowers in 2016.


Duke's Jeremy Cash is a big faller that was regarded as a 2nd round prospect, while LSU's Jalen Mills is also on the board. Another player that could be of interest is Southern Utah's Miles Killebrew. This draft is pretty shallow at the position and any other safety will probably be selected with special teams in mind.

Running back

Only four running backs are off the board in Ezekiel Elliott, Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake, and C.J. Prosise. Players like Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon, Utah's Devontae Booker, UCLA's Paul Perkins, Indiana's Jordan Howard, and Arkansas duo Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams are all on the board. Don't be shocked if one of these players is the Patriots selection at 112th overall.

Wide Receiver

South Carolina's Pharoh Cooper and Colorado State's Rashard Higgins remain on the board, as do Georgia's Malcolm Mitchell and Tulsa's Keyarris Garrett. I think a sleeper would be Western Michigan's Daniel Braverman, while Navy's Keenan Reynolds can't be ignored. Don't be surprised if the Patriots wait to take a receiver until the 6th round as the team doesn't seem to be in a hurry.

Offensive Tackle

If Thuney is truly an interior lineman, then the Patriots could still benefit by adding an offensive tackle. LSU's Jerald Hawkins, North Dakota's Joe Haeg, Stanford's Kyle Murphy, and Nebraska's Alex Lewis all remain on the board and could be in play.


Running back seems to be the position with the highest quality of player still on the board, so don't be surprised if the Patriots add a good value rusher tomorrow!